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The Region’s Most Preferred Orthopaedic Practice – EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

Our fellowship-trained spine surgeons, Dr. Alfred Geissele, Dr. Matthew Hannibal, Dr. Ralph Maxy, and Dr. Jason Zook, are dedicated spine specialists board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and committed to providing patients with the compassionate, world-class care they deserve and need to emerge stronger.

Our spine doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating injuries and conditions of the back, neck, and spine and are not only highly skilled in providing nonsurgical care to treat spinal problems but also in performing spine surgery, including minimally invasive surgery.

How Our Spine Doctors Help Patients Emerge Stronger

When our spine specialists develop an individualized treatment plan for a patient with a spinal condition or injury, their first step is to always look at nonsurgical spine care options that will help instead of recommending spine surgery. Sometimes, the problem can be solved without the need for spine surgery with treatments such as physical therapy, medicine, or injections.

However, if nonoperative treatments fail to provide relief for the patient or their pain becomes debilitating, our spine surgeons will recommend a surgical treatment plan that is right for the patient's spine injury or condition. Our spine surgeons have undergone extensive training and specialize in a variety of spine procedures that can be used to treat spine problems, including the following treatment options:

  • Adult reconstructive spine surgery
  • Adult scoliosis surgery
  • Anterior cervical disc fusion
  • Cervical and lumbar disc replacement
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disc herniation surgery
  • Degenerative spine surgery
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator placement
  • Spinal fusions

Our surgeons understand that patients sometimes have concerns about surgical procedures, which is why they are dedicated to spending time to educate and provide patients with an understanding of the surgery as well as how it will be beneficial. They also make sure they answer any questions the patient might have about the spine surgery.

Do You Need World-Class Spine Care?

If you are noticing any of these symptoms, you should consider consulting with a spine surgeon or doctor:

  • Back is hunched or rounded
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Pain in the buttocks
  • Pain when sitting
  • Spinal pain
  • Uneven appearance of hips or shoulders

Patients with back pain or any of the above symptoms often seek help from a doctor specializing in the spine who may diagnose them with one of the following injuries or conditions:

  • Compressed spinal cord
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Fracture
  • Kyphosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sports-related injury

If you have spinal pain or have suffered a spine-related injury or condition, our doctors are ready to provide you with the world-class spine care you need. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors specializing in the spine by calling (828) 324-2800 or requesting an appointment online.

We have offices located in Granite Falls, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, Newton, Taylorsville, and Valdese.

Emerge Stronger, Healthier, and Better at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region

At EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, our patients are always our top priority. Our entire team, from our doctors to our physical therapists and additional providers, is focused on providing you with the compassionate, world-class orthopaedic care you need to emerge stronger and get back to doing the things you love.

Our spine team will be by your side through every step of your journey to pain relief, from diagnosis and nonoperative treatment or surgery to recovery and rehabilitation. Whether you have scoliosis or another spinal condition and need spine surgery or nonsurgical treatment, such as medicine, our spine surgeons will be right beside you.

Visit Our Spine Center

Our Spine Center is designed to provide our patients with comprehensive spine education as well as world-class spinal care from our spine doctors and surgeons, helping patients get back to enjoying life faster.

From answering frequently asked questions to allowing our surgeons to provide the latest and most advanced treatment options available, our Spine Center brings together and combines all of our spine team's experience, knowledge, and expertise to provide one dedicated center devoted to meeting all of our patients' spinal needs.

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